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1,100 death toll reported in Hajj

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deathSaudi authorities have distributed nearly 1,100 photos of dead Hajis to foreign diplomats to help identify their nationalities.

They were not only from the stampede in Makkah but from the entire pilgrimage.

Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Mansour al-Turki said the death include those died of natural causes.

According to officials, some of them were pilgrims who were residing in the kingdom and performing the Haj without legal permits and some others were labourers from South Asian countries who chose to work in the kingdom in order to perform the Haj.

The list also included the 111 people who died in the crane crash incident in Makkah on September 11.

The Saudi Health Ministry says the death toll for the stampede incident in Mina remains 769 people, with 934 others wounded.

Faisal Alzahrani, the ministry’s director general for communications, said on Tuesday that this figure remained unchanged. He said civil defence authorities would be responsible for announcing any new death toll, though most recently they relied on the Health Ministry statistics.

The death include people from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Algeria, Tanzania, Turkey, Kenya, Nigeria, Netherlands, Burundi and Somalia.

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